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Old 08-07-2015, 07:45 AM   #1
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TV replacement

We have a 2002 HR Endeavor. When we arrived at our last destination, the front TV was dead. When we got home, I pulled the set out of the dash and verified that we had power at the plug. The old RCA TV does nothing, so I presume the power supply is likely dead. The TV is located in the dash, between the seats, so it isn't the best location in the first place. The hole where it goes will likely become a storage compartment. For the time being, I stuck the old tv back in the hole. I did a little test fitting, and a flat screen about 24" wide could be made to barely fit, though it would not go in the cavity, but rather stick out just slightly. Of course the bottom would have to be filled in since the flat screen is not nearly as tall. Right now my thought is to make a matching oak shelf on the top of the dash and simply put a flat screen on it once we park. I can access the plug and the cable from underneath the dash on the right side. I know I'm not the first to deal with this problem. Tell me how you installed a flat screen to replace your old square TV.
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I installed a flat screen in the same place as the old TV and made an oak filler below the flat screen TV.

I have two overhead TVs that I am now trying to figure out how to replace on my latest motor home.
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I cut my cabinet back several inches to get rid of the "head knocker" and mounted a 29" tv to the face of the cabinet rather than inside. That allowed me to use the entire width between adjacent cabinets. A flat screen tv mounts with a VESA-standard bracket across the back, but I put a support under the front edge as well because VESA mounts aren't really designed for driving over potholes! A simple meatl "L" bracket under the front edge works nicely without showing.
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I wish I could do something like that, but my tv is located in the dash rather than overhead. The overhead cabinets are only about 12" tall. Maybe not even that tall.
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I've just become aware of the ceiling mount TV mounts. This might well be the answer to my problem. What do these attach to? Anyone have one? A picture would be terrific.
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My bad - I missed the point about it being in the dash. Tunnel vision!

The ceiling mounts attach to whatever you can find, so you will have to explore to see what's there. If anything. Also figure out how to connect coax cables or whatever else needs to go to the back.

Friends of ours just set up the tv on a shelf as you mentioned. It's a 32" and it just lies on the bed when they travel. Really pretty simple.

Hard to suggest anything without knowing more about the location. Maybe a picture?
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This is what i had done to replace my old in-dash tv with a 20" flat screen. A local woodworker created all the parts to fill in the hole. The biggest benefit that I had not anticipated is that I can now run the tv off a small invertor that plugs into the lighter socket. No more need to have shore power or the generator running just to watch tv!
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Replacing these two "boat anchors" in my 2003 Expedition. Still have some cabinet work to do.

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We have a 2002 HR Endeavor. When we arrived at our last destination, the front TV was dead. When we got home, I pulled the set out of the dash and verified that we had power at the plug. The old RCA TV does nothing, so I presume the power supply is likely dead. The TV is located in the dash, between the seats, so it isn't the best location in the first place. The hole where it goes will likely become a storage compartment. For the time being, I stuck the old tv back in the hole. I did a little test fitting, and a flat screen about 24" wide could be made to barely fit, though it would not go in the cavity, but rather stick out just slightly. Of course the bottom would have to be filled in since the flat screen is not nearly as tall. Right now my thought is to make a matching oak shelf on the top of the dash and simply put a flat screen on it once we park. I can access the plug and the cable from underneath the dash on the right side. I know I'm not the first to deal with this problem. Tell me how you installed a flat screen to replace your old square TV.
Even though ours is above, obviously a flat screen of any appreciable size, wasn't about to go in that hole, so I blocked it with stained wood and installed a swing arm for a 32" model. We strap it easily and nicely with a hook, top and bottom for traveling and in this mode, you can't really open the overhead compartments on each side, but hasn't been a problem this far. When in use it's great and adjusts for any position. Also use the earplug jack for plugging into the stereo's mp3 input and utilizing it's four speakers, as well.
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Front TV - I reduced the height of the box 8". The TV is 26" wide. Better visibility out the front windshield. Less than 10 lbs. I removed 10 lbs. of steel, screws, brackets, wood, vinyl, and foam rubber from the box..



Rear TV - I maintained the swivel cabinet as is. I created a filler and attached the 24" Flat Screen TV to the filler using industrial strength Velcro. The TV also rests on a solid support. I may go back and build a shelf unit that will give space for a DVD player etc. with the TV above it.

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